While searching for brass ring pulls on Pinterest, I came across this tutorial:
|Sarah M. Dorsey Designs|
I was looking for hardware to dresser up plain Ikea Malm chests of drawers belonging to the little girls whose room I'm designing. But at six or more dollars a pop for the store-bought variety, the cost was quickly adding up to what the dresser was worth!
Which is why I was so glad to see this brilliant DIY version which came from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs. Of course, I had to put it to the test in my own house before bringing it into the girls' room, so I'm going to take you through each step so you can see how it's done.
Obviously, it had problems. Also, please excuse my iphone pics for this post. (My camera battery was dead.)
You can get all of these from Ace Hardware. Ask for a brass ring, a brass cotter pin, and these:
Brass washers, which come in a bag like this.
Pry open the cotter pin and snap the brass ring into the rounded end. You should try this in the store to be sure you are getting the right sized cotter pin.
Slide the brass washer onto the cotter pin so that the cupped part is facing the tip of the pin.
Slide the cotter pin through the hole in the drawer and put another brass washer on on the pin inside the drawer.
Bend the cotter pin sides flush with the back of the drawer.
I'm hoping that the brass is unlacquered so that it ages a bit.
I was originally worried that the brass cotter pin would be too soft to hold up to pulling a drawer over and over -- much like the bendable brads used to hold paper together. But the brass is very strong. It took some strength to bend it and make is flush with the drawer wall. So, it passes the test for the little girls' room.
Which I'm finished with, by the way. Well, mostly. Got to add these ring pulls and do a few other minor things, and then I'll show you some pictures.
Thank you to Sarah for coming up with such a great-looking and inexpensive design!
I mean where else can you find any pulls or knobs for less than $2 a pop? (Just did the math, and they came out to $1.36 each!)
Hope you all have a nice weekend. Any DIY projects planned?